You thought you would quickly tweak a startup parameter in a Windows XP boot.ini file, but your computer now won’t boot at all. Unfortunately, you didn’t make a backup of the file before you made the change. Which of these would be the next best troubleshooting step?
A) Boot into the recovery console and run the bootcfg command
B) Use System Restore to revert to an earlier configuration
C) Boot into the recovery console and run the fixboot command
D) Recover the root directory from your latest backups
E) Fire a flare into the air and wait for the drop
The answer: A) Boot into the recovery console and run the bootcfg command
The bootcfg command will list the contents of the boot.ini file and allow you to manually add or rebuild the boot.ini.
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